2003-07-10 11:29:50.683


Two Powerball players - one in Missouri and one in Pennsylvania - are sharing last night’s Powerball jackpot worth an estimated $261.3 million. The Missouri ticket, which was sold at Hermann Fuel Mart, 115 B Highway 19 in Hermann, will make the ticket holder the largest prize winner in Missouri Lottery history. The winning numbers were: 19, 21, 26, 31, 51 and the Powerball was 40.
"Of the 26 Powerball members, Missouri ranks second in terms of the number of jackpot winners with 22," said Gary Gonder, director of communications for the Missouri Lottery. "Since the game began in 1992, we’ve awarded more than $730 million in jackpot prizes and more than $545 million in other prizes."
The Missouri winner has the option to receive approximately $130.6 million in 30 annual payments of $4.3 million before taxes, or he or she could select the cash option, which would be a lump-sum payment worth $73.6 million before taxes. If no choice is made in 60 days, the jackpot is automatically paid out in 30 annual payments. The ticket holder has exactly 180 days from the drawing date to claim the jackpot prize, which means this winner would have until Jan. 5, 2004.
Hermann Fuel Mart will receive a $50,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
In addition to the jackpot prize, Missouri players won more than $1.1 million in other prizes, ranging from $3 to $100,000. Two tickets worth $100,000 were sold in Missouri: one was sold at The Mill in Southwest City; and the other was sold at Schnucks Market, 8867 Ladue Road in Ladue.
The Missouri Lottery ranks fourth in terms of Powerball sales. During this jackpot run, which started May 8, the Lottery has sold more than $33.2 million. Sales for the July 9 drawing (July 6 - 9) were approximately $7.5 million - more than $4.5 million being sold on Wednesday. An average week of Powerball sales in Missouri during the past fiscal year is $2.3 million.
"Missouri public education will receive approximately $9.9 million as a result of this jackpot run," said Gonder.
To date, 22 Powerball tickets worth $5 million or more have been sold since the game began 11 years ago.

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